Sunday, August 2, 2009

Pool Party

Cool off this Summer! Join us for an organization meeting poolside.
Here is the skinny:


Susan Feder and Tamara Walker

Saturday, August 8, 2009
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Susan's House
Silverwheel Place
Newbury Park, CA
Susan Feder is graciously hosting this meeting for You Gotta Friend. Topics to discuss - our t-shirt fundraiser, board nominations, donor recipients and future activities.
We will have home made full cream ice-cream as well as a vegan version for those of you who prefer your veggies and fruits. There will be snacks and drinks too. So bring a towel, your swimsuit and a smile. Please email me at for complete directions.
I am looking forward to seeing you poolside!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Into the Gerson Healing Newsletter

The Gerson Healing Newsletter staff featured this blog in the article - "From the desk of Anita Wilson" of the July/August 2009 issue, Volume 24, Number 4. To quote -
I thought you would enjoy this website: It was put together by the daughter of a recovered patient, and gives a lovely slice of what life is like at our Mexican clinic. - Anita
You can subscribe to The Gerson Institute's bimonthly newsletter at
Welcome to our new visitors! I hope you enjoy what you find here.
All the best,

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Garden Party Canceled

Unfortunately, I have to cancel the Garden Party scheduled for this coming Sunday, June 28th. I will rescheduled as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Garden Party - Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 PM

Join me Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 PM for a Garden Party and Organizational Meeting. On the agenda: I will be discussing my trip to the Baja Nutri Center, our first recipient and our t-shirt fundraising campaign. We also need to establish a board of directors for You Gotta Friend. If you are interested please let me know.
Find out more about the party and RSVP at or email me at for more information.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

What is You Gotta Friend?

For those of you new to this blog, I thought I would re-post the concepts and foundations that lead to the buidling of You Gotta Friend - The Janice M. Foundation.

The concept for You Gotta Friend originated from a combination of my mom’s life and experiences. They are two fold. First, she had a great network of friends that helped support her throughout her life. Secondly, she had an incredible battle with cancer.
As many of you know, my mom, Janice M. Anderson, passed away a year ago. First diagnosed 15 years ago and given a very poor prognosis, Janice pursued traditional treatment methods - chemotherapy and mastectomy. While her treatment was quite successful in eradicating the tumor, lymph node biopsies revealed that although she had no known metastases, she had active tumor cells within her lymph system. Her traditional oncologist offered little other than a complete stem cell transplant.
To my mother, enduring another bout of chemotherapy that was certain to damage healthy tissues did not seem like a viable option. She began looking for alternatives and after much research found a program that made sense to her, the Gerson Therapy. She also found a holistic MD that agreed to work in conjunction with her traditional oncologist. I believe that this treatment program gave me an additional 13 years with my mother.
When I first came up with the idea to for You Gotta Friend, I wanted to find some way of increasing access to alternative care. Traditional fundraising did not seem like something that would work for me and it appears that there are numerous groups out there doing the same thing. Then I was introduced to the idea of a Shakti group. Basically, it is a group of women who get together to honor themselves and each other. It really struck home with me and felt like a great way honor the spirit of my mom.
Every week, my mom and her friends would meet at a local cafe or coffee shop to reconnect. This group of women shared a lot of things - the celebration of life experiences, the release of cares and troubles, the exploration of questions of spirituality, connectedness and belief but most importantly, I feel that for these women it was a place where they could truly be and express themselves. People came and went, but the essence of the group remained.
As my mom declined in health, the group eventually began bringing their coffee and lunches to her place, allowing her to be involved as much or as little as she chose in the conversations. I know that this group of women meant everything to my mom, they were her best friends, and it helped her through a very difficult time. I don’t know what she would have done without them.
All of this - my mothers battle with cancer and the strong support of her friends - has brought me to what I would like You Gotta Friend to be. My objectives for You Gotta Friend are, first and foremost, to establish supportive and nurturing friendships. As we nurture who and what we are as individuals, we can begin to reach out to the community. The problem with alternative treatment programs is that they are expensive, difficult to access and many are not covered by insurance. My hope is that, through donations of time, services and/or money, You Gotta Friend can provide information and assistance for those seeking alternative or complementary treatments.
People can involved in this group as much or as little as they would like. It is a means of support. If you’d just like the company of other women, please join us. For those who would like to do more, we can find ways to create access to care through various means. You can choose how, when or if you will be involved in each meeting and/or project. There is absolutely no obligation. Check back here frequently for updates on our activities and progress.

If you would like more information on this organization, please email me at

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Steve Konell - Pancreatic Cancer

To be quite honest, I didn't see much of Steve the first few days that I was at Baja although his room was right next to ours. He wasn't feel that great. During that time I did, however, get an opportunity to meet his extensive support staff - his two children, father-in-law, family friend/doctor and more. By the end of the week he was able to join us for meals.
Steve loves to ride motorcyles and, in fact, his family was participating in the Tiajauna 500. His two Australian Shepards, as well as his son's Aussie and his daughters Pomerainian, accompanied the rest of his family in their motor home on their trip down from Portland, Oregon. What a crazy, fun group of people! Here Steve is pictured at lunch with Margit.